OPEC Trims 2021 Demand Forecast but Says Gas Price Surge Could Help

Natural gas prices at record highs could provide a potential headwind to oil demand growth, OPEC said.

Ahmad Ghaddar and Alex Lawler, Reuters

OPEC has trimmed its world oil demand growth forecast for 2021 while maintaining its 2022 view, its monthly report showed on Oct. 13, but it said surging natural gas prices could boost demand for oil products as end users switch.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) now expects oil demand to grow by 5.82 million barrels per day, down from 5.96 million bpd in its previous forecast, saying that the downward revision was mainly driven by data for the first three quarters of the year.

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